Leetonia football, Hadi part ways


LEETONIA — Leetonia High School is looking for a new football coach to get back on track.

Hadi Hadi, who tried to turn around a program that has now lost 31 straight league games, is done after three seasons as head coach.

“We had a meeting (last Tuesday) and mutually agreed to go our separate ways,” Leetonia athletic director Ed Ridgeway said. “He did some great things and was very professional about it.”

It was the first head coaching position for Hadi, who went 2-28 at Leetonia and finished with 15 straight losses.

He previously served three seasons as offensive coordinator at Youngstown Wilson and three seasons as an assistant at Georgia State University.

The Bears lost by an average margin of 38.3 points a game this season, surrendering 47.1 points a game.

Hadi took over a program that was coming off a 1-9 season and the Bears have gone 1-9, 1-9 and 0-10 since.

The Bears have lost 31 straight league games, 13 straight home games and 44 of their last 47 games overall.

Hadi does not teach in the district and is the head wrestling coach at Liberty High School.

Leetonia had just three head football coaches from 1976 to 2014 (Artie Altomare, Paul Cusick and Matt Altomare) and is now looking for its second in the last four years.

Rideway said the position will be posted inside the district for 10 days — no has one expressed interest so far — before being opened to anyone beginning Dec. 11.

Anyone interested should contact Ridgeway or principal Troy Radinsky at Leetonia High School.